Blake Dettwiler

Blake Dettwiler will replace Nancy Leathers as Director of Community Development when she retires Nov. 1.

“The city of Sandy Springs is fortunate to have someone as talented and capable as Blake Dettwiler to step into the position of director for the Department of Community Development,” Mayor Eva Galambos said. “Blake is thoroughly grounded on all the ordinances that control zoning, and he also has the vision required for planning development. We are pleased that CH2M Hill chose Blake Dettwiler to succeed Nancy Leathers when she retires.”

Dettwiler currently serves as assistant director of land development for Sandy Springs. In that position, Dettwiler oversees inspections, permitting and plan reviews.

He has established a water conservation program and renewable solar energy program for city-owned buildings. He also manages Sandy Springs’ performance management project and the Morgan Falls Park master plan.

Before working in Sandy Springs, Dettwiler served as an environmental engineer for Fulton County. There he developed a comprehensive planning process to review projects in the Chattahoochee River corridor. He also developed a comprehensive inspections program and supervised a staff of inspectors.

Dettwiler holds a degree in environmental science from Auburn University and a degree in urban policy, planning and economic development from Georgia State University.